Abundant Pastures Ranch (Grass Fed Raw Pet Food)  
Pets Are Not Grain Eaters
       People love their pets.  Yet all too often they do not analyze what they feed them.  Whether their pet is a dog, cat, hamster, white rat, fish, a bird, or what have you, its diet is still critical to its long-term health and well-being.
       Prior to World War II pets were expensive companions.  That was because they were fed "real" foods.  Not today though.  Pet food companies focus on cheap and convenient, which has meant a shift from real foods to grain-based foods.  The consequence of the changeover to grain has resulted in a huge increase in pet ailments due to what grain itself does to animal bodies and also what the mycotoxins that universally contaminate cereal grains do too.  The public hasn't made the connection yet, they just keep paying ever higher vet bills (a natural thing to do?) and think their pet is cheap to maintain because the food is cheap.
       In their natural environment, felines almost exclusively eat grass-fed meats and parts of small bones (a little grass too off and on) and that diet is their only source for the Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and everything else they require to meet their nutritional needs.  Canines eat mostly grass-fed meats, bones, some grass, and whatever else looks edible out in the prairies and forests.  That doesn't sound like grain in the diet -- does it?
       In the wild felines and canines eat their meat raw. They have very acidic stomachs and are fully capable of digesting meat that we couldn't touch.  In addition, cooking destroys some vital nutrients!  That's why one should never cook the fresh, grass-fed meats you serve your dogs and cats.  On the other hand dogs and cats should not be fed raw grain-fed meats.  That's because grain-fed ruminants will have acidic stomachs that host E. coli bacteria that are resistant to stomach acids.  Grass-fed ruminants have neutral pH stomachs and the e-coli in their guts cannot live in an acidic environment.
       It does not take much study, imagination, or contemplation to figure out that in the wild, dogs and cats could never have been grain eaters.  Consequently, the fatty acid, vitamin, protein, and mineral profiles of high grain diets cannot match the nutrient requirements of their bodies.  That's why the consequences of eating grain-based foods result in obesity, allergies, mental disorders, arthritis, cancer, heart problems, and other physical ailments in our pets the same as it does in humans.  .)
       So why are dog and cat foods made with grain?  The answer is:  Grain makes for cheap and convenient foods of all kinds.  Of course some grain-based pet foods are comparatively more expensive because they claim to have the "proper additives" and even vegetables for good health.  But that's a misguided approach to a healthy diet for cats and dogs.  Nobody knows exactly what the proper nutrient profile is for proper body function in man or beast.  That's why we believe if your pets eat only their real natural foods (foods they would have eaten in the wild), they should not be fed supplements because supplements would only skew the nutrient profile of their diet from "perfect" to some extreme on the opposite side of the ledger.  
       Our premium pet food consists mostly of meat trimmings from all the various beef cuts, heart muscle, jaw muscle, a little organ meat, and tongue, plus some fat that is course ground into a highly nutritious mix that ranges around 90/10.  Sometimes we even grind up whole cows!  The product looks somewhat like our ground beef except it has a different consistency, feel, color, and smell due to the addition of what is a relatively small quantity of liver, kidney, and spleen.  (The mix is never consistent from one batch to the next!)  The meat is wrapped in 1.5-pound (or so) packages.  It is not fancy, but it is the world's most nutritious Dog and Cat food, which we believe is the most important thing.  It is a dog's or cat's totally natural fare and must be fed raw for best results.  It is 100% grass-fed beef and does not include any additives of any kind.  Since it is sourced from the green plant, it is a genuine, real food and when fed to your pet you do not need to supplement with any other food.  
       Depending on how much physical activity your pets get and whether or not they live outdoors where they will need more food in the winter than in the summer, we suggest you feed your pet about 1% to 2% of its body weight on a daily basis.  Larger dogs seem to need less than smaller dogs.  So the quantity should be adjusted for the dog, it's activity level, and in response to changes in its weight and physical appearance.  Any dog is fully capable of eating way more than even 3% of its body weight at one time.  Therefore if you feed on a daily basis you must limit the amount of feed you provide.
       Not all pets take immediately to change.  The grain-based pet food companies spend millions of dollars developing artificial flavors designed to "hook" your pets on their products.  They're so effective at hooking your pets, it may take you weeks to get your pets to give up grain and eat real food.  This shouldn't surprise you, because even people who know better refuse to change habits that are bad for them.  But most of our customers have reported that their pets made the switch faster than they anticipated.  Years ago our dogs switched with the first meal!  Now they demand nothing less.  (It may not surprise you to learn that many of our Dog and Cat Food buyers do not eat healthy foods themselves.  That's what I mean about resistance to change.)
       In addition to our Dog and Cat Food we also offer four types of bone treats.  The "Edible Dog Bones" are the soft beef brisket bones.  These bones are very popular because they won't splinter.  The pets get to gnaw on them for awhile and eventually they'll chew them up.  Edible dog bones are a treat that should not be a daily event.  Dogs ate a limited quantity of bone in the wild and too much bone in their gut is not recommended.
       Our second bone treat is what we call "Gnawing Bones."  These hard bones are cut from the H-Bone (hip bone).  Dogs can gnaw on them for hours and eventually you will have to throw the bone away.  The H-Bone is very hard and it lasts and lasts and lasts until the pet eventually loses interest because the bone loses its flavor.
       The Knuckle Marrow Bone is another fun bone with lots of cartilage.  Therefore your dog will get hours of gnawing pleasure as it works this large knuckle down to size.
       The Dog T-Bones are about two-inch thick T-Bones -- just like those that come out of a super thick T-Bone steak.  The long end will be quickly gnawed down and the hard "T" part will give hours of gnawing satisfaction.  This bone usually has some meat attached and there is a tasty marrow chunk at the top of the "T."
    
       Long round Marrow Bones are not intended for pet food.  But they can end up being a treat for your pet after you've cooked the marrow out of the center of the bone.  Right on, get all the health and flavor benefits of the marrow in your sauces, stews, and soups and then treat the dog with a bone it can gnaw on for fun.  This double use approach with Marrow Bones makes them super affordable.